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NIH Awards $900K Grant to Consortium on Law and Values

SEPTEMBER 29, 2009—The University of Minnesota's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences, housed in the Law School, has been awarded a grant of $911,559 from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Principal Investigator is Prof. Susan Wolf.

The grant will support a two-year project to develop normative consensus recommendations on managing incidental findings and individual research results in genomic research using biobanks and large archives.

The Consortium's work will build on an earlier project sponsored by NIH on "Managing Incidental Findings in Human Subjects Research," conducted in collaboration with a working group of prominent national scholars. That project produced the first major consensus recommendations on how to handle unexpected findings of potential clinical importance to research participants.

Co-Investigators on the new project are Profs. Jeffrey Kahn, Center for Bioethics; Frances Lawrenz, Department of Educational Psychology and Associate Vice President for Research; and Brian Van Ness, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development. The project will again involve a national working group of top scholars.

Prof. Wolf is founding Chair of the Consortium and founding Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences. She is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre & Benson Professor of Law; Professor of Medicine; and a faculty member in the Center for Bioethics.

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